Doin’ a Double

I attended open gym at CFD this morning, arriving at 8:45. Dave arrived shortly after 9 and immediately asked, “What are you doing here?” I replied, “You said that I’m always welcome. I have the text to prove it.” Dave then explained why, although he liked the film “Les Miserables”, he enjoyed the stage version more. Dave is one of the gayest straight friends I have. Michael Kelley is the gayest straight friend I have.

I created my very own metcon. I’m just that damn talented.

Dead-lifts, 185#
Burpee pull-ups
Plate pushups, 45# plate

My goal was to complete all reps unbroken, and I achieved that goal, completing the metcon in 12:11. While not particularly challenging, it was an exhausting workout nonetheless. Perhaps I consumed too much sugar yesterday.

I talked briefly with Doug and Troie, and finally got around to asking Troie why he and Kristen were no longer together. I have a right to know, don’t I? Well, don’t I? (If you’re reading this know that I miss you, Kristen.)

Luke and I got caught in a downpour during our afternoon walk and we both enjoyed running in the rain tremendously. I none-so-secretly love the smell of a wet dog.

Jeff and I saw “The Hobbit” and I detested almost every minute of it. What a HUGE disappointment! Blech.

Jeff and I attended open gym at CFZ this evening, arriving at 4:45. Jeff surprised me by suggesting that we bench press together. Jeff might be the straightest gay man I know. I completed 5 reps @ 95, 105, 115, 135, 145, & 155, and singles at 165 & 175, just 5# shy of 1RM. I attempted 185# twice – and failed twice. I know I’m not going to complete the lift when I excessively arch my back.

I once again created my own meton. Once again, I’m just that damn talented.

20-minute AMRAP
1 rope climb, 15’
5 GHD sit-ups
10 knees to elbows
15 box jumps, 30”

This was both challenging and exceedingly fun.

I double-bagged my left leg, i.e., taped my leg as well as my sock. I’m very much beginning to enjoy rope climbs and my technique continues to improve. What I didn’t particularly like, however, was just how many CFZers watched me each and every time I climbed the rope. As I’m in a forgiving mood (to all except one), I forgive you all (except one).

I completed all rounds of GHD sit-ups unbroken, ensuring that tops of hands touched the floor and fingers touched my toes each and every rep.

Why knees to elbows instead of toes to bar? For a change of pace. Michael Kelley includes toes to bar far too frequently in metcons. I hadn’t done kipping knees to elbows in ages, but fortunately I hadn’t forgotten how to do so. I did the first 4 rounds unbroken, rounds 5 through 7 in reps of 7 and then singles, and the last round in reps of 6 and then singles.

Going from abs (GHD sit-ups) to abs (knees to elbows) was an unexpected journey. (I hated that damn movie.)

I completed all rounds of box jumps unbroken, and this came as a delightful and unexpected (there’s that word again) surprise.

If you’ve been doing the math, it appears that I completed 8 rounds. I almost completed 8 rounds. I was working at a very steady pace, and had completed exactly 4 rounds at the 10-minute mark. I set my goal to have an even split; thus, to complete an additional 4 rounds.

At the 2-minute mark I asked Jeff to count down the time for me. I really gave it my all during the last box jumps, but had only completed 14 as Jeff counted down from 3. Dammit. I almost completed 1 last rep to say that I did, but really, what useful purpose would that serve?

I enjoyed talking briefly with Lauren, although I missed seeing Tim. I also very much enjoyed talking with Margaret, who is always a bundle of energy and a very positive person. I like that! She also gave me a hug, although I was on the floor on all fours and was a sweaty mess. Yes, it was post-metcon.

Until CrossFit Surmounts opens (date TBD), I have to decide what to do about my own workouts. Jumping from box to box can wreak havoc on my body, as the programming is differs from CFBC to CFD to CFZ. What should I do? I’m asking this question, and I want a response.

To the right.
To the right.
To the left.
To the left.
Uhm, I'm left-foot dominant. Can you tell?
Uhm, I’m left-foot dominant. Can you tell?
Look at that kip!
Look at that kip!
Full extension with shoulders behind bar.
Full extension with shoulders behind bar.
Notice flat back and neutral neck.
Notice flat back and neutral neck.

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